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South Sea Woman

Posted on August 4, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

SOUTH SEA WOMAN (1953)

 

Burt Lancaster did not want to make “South Sea Woman” but did so as part of a deal with Warners to get financing and distribution for a couple of films being put out by his independent production company, Norma Productions.


According to Gary Fishgall, Burt’s biographer, he had no illusions about the film, but tried even wit...

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South Sea Woman

Posted on August 4, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

SOUTH SEA WOMAN (1953)

 

Burt Lancaster did not want to make “South Sea Woman” but did so as part of a deal with Warners to get financing and distribution for a couple of films being put out by his independent production company, Norma Productions.

 

According to Gary Fishgall, Burt’s biographer, he had no illusions about the film, but t...

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HOME FROM THE HILL (1960)

Posted on August 1, 2019 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

  This film is not part of our Novel/Movie series, but I watched the film on TCM the other day.  I'm not a fan of George Harrison, but I do like Robert Mitchem and this is a good story.  The novel, by William Humphrey is also very good.  So, if you're looking for a good novel/movie pairing, this is one.

Eight Iron Men (1952)

Posted on June 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


While doing research on Burt Lancaster I ran across this story.


Soon after Lancaster returned from the war (where he had spent most of his time in Italy entertaining troops) he went, still dressed in his uniform, to see the girlfriend he had met when overseas. She worked for a radio company in New York.


Lancaster was so striking and impressive, a man who happened to be in the elevat...

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Mary Jane's Pa (1935)

Posted on June 18, 2019 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Mary Jane in this film is both the daughter of the two protagonists and their name for a printing press they used to put out a newspaper when they were first married. The printing press saves them and their town at the end of the film.


Guy Kibbe (1882-1956) and Aline MacMahon (1899-1991) play the two leads. Married with two daughters, Kibbe gets wanderlust and leaves. He stays gone so long his wife, M...

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Frederic Bazille

Posted on June 9, 2019 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

FREDERIC BAZILLE (1841-1870)



 

Bazille was a French Impressionist painter. Many of his paintings are “figure paintings” in which he places the subject within a landscape painted en plein air. He begain painting after seeing the work of Eugene Delacroix. He moved to Paris in 1862 and met Pierre-Auguste Renior and Alfred Sisley. He failed the medical exam ...

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Man on Fire (1957)

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

MAN ON FRE (1957)

 

A wealthy businessman, Earl Carleton (Bing Crosby), is bitter about a divorce and tries to keep his son from having a relationship with his former wife (May Fickett). The two parents, with assistance from the wife’s new husband () and Crosby’s law team (E. G. Marshall and Inger Stevens) fight it out and in typical Hollywood fashion everybody ends up happ...

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Man on Fire (1957)

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

MAN ON FRE (1957)

 

A wealthy businessman, Earl Carleton (Bing Crosby), is bitter about a divorce and tries to keep his son from having a relationship with his former wife (May Fickett). The two parents, with assistance from the wife’s new husband () and Crosby’s law team (E. G. Marshall and Inger Stevens) fight it out and in typical Hollywood fashion everybody ends up happ...

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On The Loose (1951)

Posted on June 3, 2019 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

On the Loose (1951)

 

I don’t know that Melvyn Douglas hated making this movie, but I can imagine that he did. It is just such a terrible script (based on a story by Malvin Wald and Collier Young). It may be that the theme just seems so hackneyed now that it’s impossible to watch it without seeing the obvious direction of the story a mile ahead. But, Melvyn Douglas...

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On The Loose (1951)

Posted on June 3, 2019 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

On the Loose (1951)

 

I don’t know that Melvyn Douglas hated making this movie, but I can imagine that he did. It is just such a terrible script (based on a story by Malvin Wald and Collier Young). It may be that the theme just seems so hackneyed now that it’s impossible to watch it without seeing the obvious direction of the story a mile ahead. But, Melvyn Douglas...

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